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City of Galt gets grant to upgrade broadcast equipment

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Posted: Thursday, August 8, 2013 12:00 am

The city of Galt is eligible to receive a $155,000 Public Education and Government grant to upgrade equipment that enables twice-monthly city council meetings to be broadcast live on cable TV.

The grant money comes from fees collected by the Sacramento Metropolitan Cable Television Commission beginning in mid-2009.

It will go toward lighting and projection systems improvements to enhance the at-home viewing audience experience, City Manager Jason Behrmann said.

Live and recorded council meetings can be viewed on cable TV channel 14.

The grant allocation is part of an ongoing project to modernize the Galt City Council chambers. The outdated wood paneling was recently painted white to kick off the project. The room hasn’t been updated in decades.

Also on Wednesday, without any discussion, council members voted to start foreclosure proceedings on property owned by Kimball Hill Homes. Councilman Mark Crews was absent.

Kimball Hill Homes is among three entities that have failed to pay their annual special assessments of more than $5,000 on properties within specific assessment districts in Galt, according to city staff. Kimball Hill Homes owes the most at $24,588.

The defunct home builder went out of business five years ago after a failed attempt at restructuring due to bankruptcy in 2008. Its inventory, which included housing developments throughout Sacramento and San Joaquin counties, was ultimately liquidated. Another developer is building homes at the site in Galt.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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